WorldAtlas named the cutest small towns in Alabama—see who made the list

Gorgeous Streets And Walkways Of Fairhope, Worldatlas
Gorgeous streets and walkways of Fairhope. (Liv George/ The Bama Buzz)

We know our state has some pretty charming towns, and WorldAtlas does too. Keep reading to see which seven Alabama small towns the publication named the cutest.

1. Fairhope

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The French Quarter in Fairhope. (Liv George / The Bama Buzz)

Fairhope, Alabama was bound to make it on the list. We are big fans of the small town from the delicious seafood options to the fun shopping downtown.

While there are endless opportunities to hang out on the water, like boating and fishing, Fairhope is full of on-land fun too. Explore local boutiques and art galleries or enjoy a cup of coffee or a gourmet meal at one of the town’s delicious eateries.

Check out five of our favorite downtown Fairhope businesses and restaurants.

2. Dauphin Island

Families On Dauphn Island
Families on Dauphin Island. (Dauphin Island Public Beach & Pier)

Visiting Dauphin Island is one of the best ways to enjoy Alabama’s stunning coast. The quaint little island is full of history and incredible views.

WorldAtlas recommended visiting the Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary, where you can explore woodlands, walking trails and access to swamps and beaches.

3. Eufala

Eufala is one of the cities in the Black Belt Region. (Alabama State Parks)

Located in the southeastern region of Alabama, Eufala lies along the Chattahoochee River banks. The small town is widely known for its fishing scene and was even named “The Bass Fishing Capital of the World” by WorldAtlas.

Fun fact: Eufala is home to the state’s second largest historic district. Take a walk through the area and enjoy beautifully preserved homes and churches and incredible architecture.

4. Greenville

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The Camellia city. (City of Greenville / Facebook)

Greenville, Alabama is a historic hidden gem, perfectly described by WorldAtlas:

“Located in Alabama’s Black Belt region, Greenville is known for its historic areas filled with Victorian-era homes. A quintessential small Southern town, Greenville offers blooming magnolias in the springtime, several places to indulge in local home-style delicacies, and plenty of charm.”


The town boasts multiple walking trails, lakes for fishing and a Robert Trent Jones golf course.

5. Guntersville

Get ready for an incredible day on the water! (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Guntersville was named the best lake town in Alabama for a reason. You will never find yourself bored here, where there’s places to swim, kayak, fish, hike, zipline, boat and just about anything you can think of. 

There’s also a walkable downtown full of antique shops and yummy food.

6. Mentone

Little River Canyon National Preserve. (Little River Canyon National Preserve / Facebook)
Little River Canyon National Preserve. (Little River Canyon National Preserve / Facebook)

The cozy town of Mentone, nested in Northeast Alabama, is the perfect spot for outdoor lovers. Home to the highest vantage point in the state, this is your ideal getaway destination for hiking, camping and enjoying the outdoors. Foodies—breakfast or lunch at Wildflower Cafe is a non-negotiable.

7. Muscle Shoals

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FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. (Nathan Watson / The Bama Buzz)

Muscle Shoals is full of rich music history, and home to the studio where The Rolling Stones once recorded. For the music lovers, FAME Studios, Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame are must-visits.

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Callie Puryear
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